BRONC RIDERS SIGN UP --- Leonard McCreavey, Memphis, and
Bob Shepard, Lubbock, look over the list of horses they will ride in the
ABC Rodeo tonight in Municipal Coliseum while Mrs. Una Beutler, Elk
City, Okla., helps them with registration forms. In the background
is her husband, Jiggs Beutler, checking on his stock for the four
performances of the rodeo.
[Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Lubbock, TX, Wednesday, March
21, 1962, Page 37]
Is A Lot of Bull
Elra Beutler and Sonm stock Contractors have
mde the bull riding event at the annual Top O' Texas Rodeo a
disappointment --- that is, a disappointment to those who have ridden
In the first two performances of the rodeo only three cowboys
managed to ride Beutler's bulls.
The rodeo concluded Saturday in Recreation Park; complete results
will be included in Monday's News.
Marvin Schute of Nazareth, Rick Jones of Wayne, Okla., and Jack
Hines of Big Spring have picked up points in the last two performances
of the rodeo; the other riders, including Larry Mahan, have been thrown
Mahan, six-time world champion all-around cowboy in the Rodeo
Cowboys association, was tossed off two seconds prior to the whistle
Thursday and Friday did not compete in the bulk riding.
In Wednesday's first performance of the rodeo, however, six of the
nine riders were able to pick up points including Randy Magers of
Comanche, who tallied an impressive 73 points, Butch Kirby of
Greenville, 69, and Tom Stout of Amarillo, 65. Those three were to
ride again Saturday and were in a good position to place high points in
the riding events are added together and the high total wins the event.
Friday, Schulte scored 63 points and had a 127 total. Jones
managed 62 and is tied with Schulte for high total. Himes' 61
gives him a 124 total.
To win the event, Magers would have had to score at least 55 points
Saturday. That isn't easy on the Beutler stock.
"That's my business," said Jiggs Beutler of Elk Ciuty, Okla.
"If I don't have rodeo stock perform they wouldn't be hiring me.
You've gotta pull for the animal to a certain extent."
"I built my herd up the last three years. It comes out to 70
or 75 percent in favor of the bulls."
The bulls are numbered, not named. No. 28 has been ridden
twice in rodeo competition. "and we have a little bull --- M2 ---
that they like to draw. He'll either win first or place somewhere.
He'll throw 50 to 60 percent of the riders off," Beutler said.
[Pampa Daily News, Pampa, TX, Sunday, August 3, 1975,
Jiggs Beutler, 55, Dies
contractor John Arthur "Jiggs" Beutler died Monday at St. Anthony's
Hospital in Oklahoma City after being injured in a tractor accident at
his home near Elk City.
Beutler, 55, slipped on the ice and fell in
the path of a tractor he was moving Sunday.
Funeral services will
be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Elk City's Second and Adams Church of Christ
with Rev. Wayne Ivey, of Hammon, officiating. Burial will be at the
Fairlawn Cemetery in Elk City.
Beutler had been associated with his
father, Elra, in the rodeo producing business for many years.
formed Beutler and Son rodeo company in the 1950s and produced some 25
of the nation's top rodeos each year and became one of the largest
volume contributors to the National Finals Rodeo each year.
Beutler name became synonymous with professional rodeo when Elra Beutler
and his two brothers, Lynn and Jake, formed the Beutler Brothers rodeo
company in the late 1920s. The firm became one of the world's largest
rodeo producing companies.
Elra and his son, Jiggs, later formed
their own company, Beutler and Son.
Jiggs Beutler was "one of the
foremost rodeo promoters in the business," said George Williams, head of
the rodeo division of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western
Heritage Center in Oklahoma City. "They were very popular with the
Beutler grew up with the rodeo business and was a
bareback rider and bull rider before entering the producing business.
He was born Dec. 23, 1924 at Elk City and attended school at Hammon
before entering the service. He served in the 82nd Airborne as a
paratrooper during World War II.
He was a member of the Elks Lodge,
Masonic Lodge and a Shriner. He also served various offices of the
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association through the years.
married to Peggy Whipple Oct 14, 1978 at Oklahoma City and she survives
Other survivors are a son Bennie Beutler, of Hinton, two
daughters, Dollie Riddle of Weatherford, Tex., and Vickie Shireman of
Butler; his parents, Flossie and Elra Beutler of Elk City; a sister,
Mrs. Harry (Gwenola) Paterson of Sayre; five grandchildren, Rhett and
Amber Beutler of Hinton; Melissa Riddle of Weatherford, Tex.; and Justin
and Jennie Shireman of Butler; two step-sons, James Allen Whipple of
Lexington, Ky., and Steven Wayne Whipple of Indianola, Neb., in addition
to other relatives and friends.
The casket will not be open at the
church services but friends may call at the Martin Funeral Home to pay
Donations can be made to the West View Boys Home of
Hollis, which is a favorite charity of the Beutler family.
[The Elk City
Daily News, Tuesday, January 22, 1980, pg 1]
[courtesy of "Susan B."]
Grave markers for John A. "Jiggs" Beutler in
Fairlawn Cemetery, Elk City (Beckham county), Oklahoma.
John enlisted in the Army at Oklahoma City, OK on 28
Pvt Beutler was transferred from
the 11th Replacement Depot to Company H, 508th PIR on 10 August 1944.
He was listed as wounded in action in Holland on 21
September 1944 and returned to duty on 2 November.
Beutler was slightly injured in action on 31 January 1945
and was hospitalized until 10 May 1945.
military decorations include the Purple Heart with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
and the Bronze Service Arrowhead device awarded for the Holland campaign
and Airborne operations.
After the war, Beutler
returned to his native Oklahoma and his name became synonymous with
rodeos and bull riding throughout the Southwest. His name appears
in many newspapers over the following years, see articles at left for a
sample of the types of coverage.